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Portico Quartet - 'Art in the Age of Automation'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

It's always been hard to peg down the precise sound of the Portico Quartet. The group with the baddest hang (the steel drum, not the conceptual loitering full of camaraderie) in the game has always had electronica elements melded into jazz sensibilities, and with previous efforts to swing the pendulum away from the jazz genre, it's been even more difficult to know what exactly these guys have been up to. However, they've always been master craftsmen and their return back to an earlier sensibility as the Portico Quartet after their 2015 excursion into a more electronic direction, the staid discipline of their sound remains but the jazz sensibility persists nevertheless in their latest album, Art in the Age of Automation, out now on Gondwana Records.

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Portico Quartet - "Endless" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

They're back. The difficult to pin down London band with the baddest hang in the game have seemingly returned to a jazzier inclination once more with their upcoming new album, Art in the Age of Automation. At least if that's what their first single, "Endless", can lead us to believe. Check out the video with its collage of assorted images after the jump.

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Portico Set to Release 'Living Fields' (Stream)

Sebastien Helary
Co-Founder
s.helary@nextbop.com / @helaryous

Sadly the Portico Quartet is no more. The band has dropped a member yet Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie are continuing their musical adventures under the moniker Portico. Like a phoenix reborn from its ashes, Portico is now exploring new and foreign territories with a foray into electronic music. The band is set to release their debut as a trio, entitled Living Fields, under the famed Ninja Tune label March 30th. The album features singers Jono McCleery, Joe Newman (Alt-J) and Jamie Woon which bring depth to the spacey and trippy sounds of Portico. Even though the Portico Quartet was never truly a jazz band, Portico has even further distanced itself from the genre, which is not necessarily a bad thing, just a new direction for the band. Albeit electronic music, Living Fields is seriously good electronic music made by real musicians and talented ones at that. Stream 5 tracks from the 9 track album below the jump and see for yourself.

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Portico Quartet Drop Two EPs of Previously Unreleased Material

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

After last year's spectacular self-titled release and this year's Live/Remix double album, the Portico Quartet are keeping things going with a pair of EPs of previously unreleased material out now on Real World Records. EP1 features recordings from 2009 with the original line up of the band featuring Nick Mulvey. EP2 features bonus tracks that didn't make it onto their 2012 self-titled release. Check out an alternate cut of "Line" from the EP1 after the jump.

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Portico Quartet - "Line/Rubidium" (Live) (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

If you haven't yet noticed, Portico Quartet have a new album of live recordings and remixes out aptly titled Live/Remix on Real World Records that you should definitely get if you don't know already. It's a very cool album, full of electric, improvisational energy and forward thinking. Watch a video of the group performing "Line" and "Rubidium" live at Koko in London after the jump for extra motivation.